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Retinal Vein Occlusion


Retinal vein occlusion is one of the most common causes of sudden painless unilateral loss of vision.

Interim Referral Advice from February until 1 April 2024

Ophthalmology referrals will not be triaged or processed by the Referral Support Service during February and March

Referrals should be made DIRECTLY to the provider during this period

Referral queries should be directed to Advice & Guidance


There are three fast track forms that Optometrists should be using for the following conditions – Wet Age-related Macular Degeneration, Diabetic Macular Oedema and Retinal Vein Occlusion. There will be some tests that the patient’s GP will need to conduct for patients with a retinal vein occlusion, as detailed on the form ie:

  • Cardiovascular assessment
  • Blood pressure monitoring
  • Blood tests including: FBC, CPR, ESR/plasma viscosity, fasting lipid profile, VDRL, Glucose, U&E, serum protein electrophoresis and TFT.

This in the main is for your information but there may be occasions where you get an out of area Optometrist refer to you for these conditions as they will not be aware of these pathways.

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